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AP Sources: Munchak letting special teams coach go

AP Sources: Munchak letting special teams coach go

Titans coach Mike Munchak is parting ways with special teams coach Alan Lowry, the designer of the Music City Miracle play that spurred Tennessee's lone Super Bowl run in 2000, said eople familiar with the decision.

The people say Munchak has told Lowry his contract would not be renewed. The people spoke to The Associated Press Friday on the condition of anonymity because the team is not announcing any moves until all coaching changes are completed.

Lowry just finished his 17th season with the franchise, the last 14 coaching special teams. He designed Home Run Throwback that the Titans used to beat Buffalo in an AFC wild-card game in January 2000.

The Tennessean first reported the move.

Lowry had been with the franchise as a coach almost as long as Munchak, who started his coaching career with the team in 1994. Lowry joined the then-Houston Oilers in 1996 as a defensive assistant for quality control after also coaching at the 49ers, Tampa Bay and Dallas. Lowry took over special teams in 1999, the team's first season as the Titans when they went 13-3 and needed that lateral from Frank Wycheck to Kevin Dyson for the winning touchdown against Buffalo.

He helped coach Derrick Mason and Marc Mariani to the Pro Bowl as returners, the last in 2010 in Mariani's rookie season. In 2012, the Titans returned a kickoff and three punts for touchdowns in 2012, including one punt return featuring another lateral. The Titans also ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 40.4 yards net on punts and 15th averaging 23.6 yards on kickoff returns.

But Tennessee also had two punts blocked.

Munchak has been very busy since the Titans concluded a 6-10 season in his second year as head coach after owner Bud Adams decided to keep him on the job for 2013.

Lowry becomes the fourth assistant coach either to have his contract not renewed or fired since the season ended, not counting offensive coordinator Chris Palmer who was fired Nov. 26. Munch fired linebackers coach Frank Bush and tight ends coach John Zernheldt, who had a year left on his contract, while not retaining running backs coach Jim Skipper.

Munchak also has to decide whether to keep Dowell Loggains as his offensive coordinator or move him back to the quarterbacks assistant coaching job that has been open since he fired Palmer. Also, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray's status remains a big question after the Titans set a franchise record allowing 471 points in 2012.

Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mike'L Simms had 11 points as VCU extended its home win streak to eight games, beating Missouri State 61-51 on Sunday night.

De'Riante Jenkins had 10 points for VCU (8-2).

After VCU outscored Missouri State 35-25 in the first half, both teams scored 26 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. The Rams' 26 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears (6-6). Keandre Cook added 12 points. Gaige Prim had 10 points.

VCU takes on College of Charleston on the road on Wednesday. Missouri State matches up against Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday.

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup National Championship in penalty kick shoot out

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup National Championship in penalty kick shoot out

It was a showdown like no other in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday night.

Right down to the wire. 

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, it all came down to a seven round penalty kick shootout where a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero won it all for the Hoyas, 7-6.

Romero stopped Virginia's Axel Gunnarsson to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship. 

After scoring 17 goals, Georgetown University won the 2019 Men’s College Cup National Champions over Virginia.

It was a very back and forth battle between the two teams. 

Virginia jumped out on top. In the 10th minute, Junior midfielder Joe Bell scored the first goal and his 7th goal this season putting Virginia ahead 1-0. 

Junior midfielder Paul Rothrock responded with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, putting Georgetown on the board and tying the game 1-1.

In the 22nd minute, Georgetown Freshman Daniel Wu had a set piece, scoring his first goal of the season and extending the Hoyas lead 2-1. 

Later in the 58th Daniel Steedman gave the Hoo’s a spark tying it up 2-2. 

It looked as if the Hoyas had it in the bag when Derek Dodson broke the tie in the 81st minute putting Georgetown on top 3-2 but that didn't last very long. 

Inside five minutes to go in regulation time, Daryl Dike attempted a header which was deflected but followed through with his own rebound regaining the tie for the Hoos 3-3.

That is where things got interesting.

After a hard fought game, two ovetimes and a penalty kick shoot out the Hoyas would go on to take the title over Virginia winning 7-6.